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Condo Smarts: Victoria city council requests changes to the Strata Property Act

Dear Tony: Is it true that the government is going to cancel the ability of strata corporations to enforce any type of rental limitation or restriction bylaws?  Our strata is a 50-unit apartment building in Victoria and we permit five

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Debating Future of Airbnb in Fairfax County Supervisors are considering updating its zoning ordinance to allow short-term rentals (VA)

Right now, there are more than 300 rentals available in Fairfax County through Airbnb — all illegal.  Airbnb, which is a lodging reservation website, is just one company that gives its users the ability to list spare rooms, apartments or

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Victoria councillor looks to ban strata prohibitions on rentals (BC)

Strata councils should not be allowed to prohibit long-term rentals, a Victoria councillor says.  Coun. Ben Isitt proposed the city ask the province to change legislation so rentals could not be prohibited by strata councils. Under his proposal, strata councils

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HB 4503 and SB 329: Recent Skirmishes Regarding Short-Term Rentals and Their Effect on Community Associations

Tourism is a major part of the Michigan economy and its significance continues to grow. From 2010 through 2014 tourism employment growth even outpaced overall state employment growth. Further, for each month between 2015 and 2017, Michigan’s visitor occupancy rate

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Strata building by-laws restricting short-stay letting, including Airbnb, declared ‘invalid’ by Fair Trading

All by-laws restricting Airbnb and other short-stay letting in residential-only apartment blocks are invalid, according to NSW Fair Trading.  Only weeks before the discussion paper on new holiday letting legislation is released, Fair Trading has modified its Strata Living handbook

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Airbnb issue tough nut to crack for Victoria city council (BC)

Rental vacancy rates near zero, along with a mounting lobby from strata councils and the hospitality industry, is bringing increased pressure on Victoria city council to limit online platforms such as Airbnb.   Hotel managers and tourism representatives have spoken

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Airbnb, state of Michigan agree to new tax structure

San Francisco-based Airbnb and the state of Michigan have agreed that the online room-rental platform will now collect and pay a use tax.  Under the agreement, starting July 1, Airbnb will collect a 6 percent tax from users of the

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Will Toronto’s Proposed Airbnb Regulation Help Condos?

Last week, Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a draft plan to regulate Airbnb. Amongst important changes, Toronto proposes the creation of a new zoning by-law and the adoption of new licensing and registration requirements. It also proposed to limit short-term rentals

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How Pillow Is Reinventing The Short-Term Rental Space

A new short-term rental service wants to make things easier for building owners. San Francisco-based Pillow launched a new service today that provides an all-in-one platform for residents and owners to monitor short-term rentals at a property. Pillow Residential provides

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Issues That Cross State Lines: A Look at Condo Legislation Trends

When it comes to legislation and legal issues that apply to condo associations, co-ops, and other multifamily housing models, the focus is often local—city ordinances, council meetings, and so forth – but there are judgments handed down and bills passed

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Toronto Airbnb rules could be changing after city hall review

If you run an Airbnb in Toronto, or plan on staying at one, you’ll want to keep your eye on city hall today.  The city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards division is set to unveil new guidelines for the home-sharing industry

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Airbnb plays trump card straight into hands of NSW strata owners

As Airbnb ramps up its efforts to avoid being locked out of Sydney’s apartment buildings, through wall-to-wall advertising on the internet, TV and in print, it has produced its trump card ??? and it may play straight into the hands

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On your side: Vacation rental condo booking disasters

Summer break is here but before you plan your next vacation pay close attention before reserving.  Cozy vacation condos can make for a more homey getaway but customer service won’t likely mirror the on-site staff at a chain hotel.  Complaining

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Short-Term Rentals Not a Violation of Rules Against Business, Non-Residential Uses

In the case of Santa Monica Beach Property Owners Association v. David Acord, the association appealed a lower court’s order dismissing its action against the homeowners who rented their homes on a short-term basis. The association’s argument in both the

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Florida’s Newest Non-Native Invasion – Overnight Rentals

With little doubt, purchasing a home is one of the most significant investments you can make. In order to help protect that investment, many purchasers choose to buy homes within community associations that include homeowners’, cooperative and condominium associations. Behavior

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Condo associations, HOAs must take steps to address Airbnb short-term rentals

The issues created by short-term rentals facilitated by Airbnb and its competitors have been among the most pressing problem areas for condominium and homeowners associations during the past several years. While most community association governing documents prohibit short-term rentals, the

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Condo owner shocked her unit was being sublet on Airbnb

Even in Toronto’s tight rental market, Zenobia Omarali agreed to lower the rent for her tenant — the son of a former employee — when he moved into her spacious downtown loft two years ago.  And this past winter, when

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Court Ruling Delivers Setback to Community Associations Restricting Short Term Vacation Rentals (FL)

The regulation of vacation rentals continues to be a hot button issue as companies like Airbnb.com and Vrbo.com are taking their fight to Florida’s legislatures and courts in order to open up Florida markets to their share economy businesses.  The

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Netherlands: More Dutch homeowners associations ban Airbnb rentals

An increasing number of homeowners associations have problems with Airbnb rentals, according to umbrella organization VvE Belang. A number of recent court rulings indicated that Airbnb rentals are not allowed without the permission of the homeowners association, and more and

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City Files $1.2 Million Lawsuit to Shut Down “Airbnb Hotels” (NY)

As of last week, not a single violation had been levied in the city’s hotbed of illegal sublet listings – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and only two had been issued in the entire borough. The city has issued a total

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Airbnb in Condos: Focus on British Columbia

As in Ontario and many other jurisdictions, Airbnb and similar short-term leasing web-based services are big business in British Columbia. While some condo communities have embraced Airbnbs, requiring owners to provide guest information to the concierge and charging user fees

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3 ways condo boards can ban Airbnb rentals (IL)

Q:  I am a unit owner in a high-rise condominium off Michigan Avenue. Our condominium declaration does not contain any minimum lease term provisions, but like most condominium declarations, prohibits business uses in units.     Read the Q&A……………

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Vail records more than 1,400 unlicensed vacation rentals (CO)

Owners who use internet services to rent out their condos, townhomes and other units for short-term rentals are supposed to get Vail business and sales tax licenses. That isn’t happening.  As rent-by-owner services including Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner

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City to Crack Down Even Harder on Illegal Sublets (NY)

A week after it was revealed that lobbyists for the hotel industry helped push through new state laws against short-term sublets, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he plans to pump an extra $2.9 million into a citywide crackdown

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Montreal landlord fined more than $1K for condo listed on Airbnb without his knowledge

Montreal landlord Gerry Galiatsatos is joining a growing chorus of voices who say that Quebec’s law to regulate online home-sharing services such as Airbnb “is clearly not working.”  Galiatsatos was shocked to learn that his downtown condo, which he rents

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AirBnB’s popularity adds to short-term rentals debate in West Michigan

AirBnB, an online rental marketplace that has become a go-to place for those seeking vacation and business rentals, allows travelers to scan available homes for rent in specific areas and quickly book a time.  These AirBnB customers are asked to

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NSW to regulate Airbnb but promises greater powers for strata bodies

The New South Wales government looks set to allow home owners to rent out spare rooms and entire homes using Airbnb and similar sites but has committed to giving strata corporations greater powers to deal with problems in apartment blocks.

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Does your Community Association have sufficient protections in place for Short-Term Vacation Rentals?

With the rise in short-term rentals through popular sites like Airbnb, Inc. and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), homeowners and condominium associations face new challenges in policing owners who violate restrictions against short-term leasing. This is especially true in Florida

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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president………Each of the five units has been offered as short-term vacation rentals.

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Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program has Strata managers concerned

A CONTROVERSIAL new program being proposed by Airbnb to increase transparency has NSW Strata managers concerned.  The Airbnb Friendly Buildings Program allows owners corporations to access details of the Airbnb lets in their buildings, place caps on the number of

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Condos find new way to crack down on owners who secretly rent units (FL)

At least three South Florida condo associations have found a novel way to put the brakes on owners who break the rules.  They are using a parking app to do it.  “We have implemented new technology to combat both Airbnb

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City of Vancouver sues to shut down Airbnb rental

The City of Vancouver has taken its battle with Airbnb to B.C. Supreme Court — petitioning to stop the nightly rental of a two-bedroom townhome in Fairview Slopes.  The lawsuit targets East West Investments, the company registered as the owner

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Strata body takes Airbnb battle to the top

THE fight to allow strata bodies to decide whether short-term letting is allowed in their buildings will take the next step this week as the Owners Corporation Network meets with representatives from Airbnb.  The OCN’s “Our Strata Community, Our Choice”

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Short-term vacation rental complaint moves forward (CA)

A judge has denied San Diego Country Estates Association’s request to dismiss a complaint filed by a homeowner earlier this year regarding a short-term vacation rental in the neighborhood.  Tammy Rozelle and Sean Studley, who are plaintiffs in the complaint,

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Airbnb plays trump card straight into hands of NSW strata owners

As Airbnb ramps up its efforts to avoid being locked out of Sydney’s apartment buildings, through wall-to-wall advertising on the internet, TV and in print, it has produced its trump card ??? and it may play straight into the hands

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Miami Beach condo buyer sues seller and broker over alleged Airbnb misrepresentations

Bahamian investor Martina Abosi wanted to get in on the Airbnb action in Miami Beach to help fund her retirement, so she set out to find a condo in areas of the city where short-term rentals are allowed.  Instead, Abosi

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Trump Tower Condo Owner Fined $1,000 for Listing Apartment on Airbnb (NY)

A woman accused of illegally listing her Trump Tower pad on Airbnb could pay as much as $1,000 for violating city and state laws regulating apartment rentals, officials said.  Yelena Yelagina was slapped with a civil summons when the city

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Airbnb Gone Wild? Decision Clarifies Rules on Short-Term Condo Rentals

The ruling came from the Florida Second District Court of Appeal in the case of Le Scampi Condominium Association v. Hall. Le Scampi had petitioned the lower court for injunctive relief against the unit owners to prevent them from leasing

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Australia: Time for common sense in the war between Airbnb and strata owners

The Airbnb verses apartment owners’ debate is only going to get more intense.  On one hand we have an aggressive, revenue-dominated multinational with a large advertising budget and a strong intent to lobby government.  Their opponents, many of them dwellers

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Australia: Airbnb’s new building program to give strata bodies a cut of short-stay rentals

Strata fees could fall in buildings that allow owners to list their properties on Airbnb, under a building program launched by the home sharing platform this week.  The Friendly Buildings Program, which has been piloted in the US, will redirect

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Are short-term rental firms like Airbnb turning Toronto’s condos into hotels?

Depending on who you ask, Lisa Marion represents either the bane of condo owners or the future of short-term rentals in Toronto.  Marion, a self-described short-term rental expert, is co-owner of a small property rental company “specializing in Airbnb-style rentals.”

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Airbnb driving up rent in Toronto, group says

Airbnb has launched an ad campaign targeting homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages, but a local coalition is calling on the city to impose stricter rules on the burgeoning short-term rental market.  While the hot housing market in Toronto has

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Crackdown Needed on Airbnb and Uber alike — piracy business models

In November 2013, I found out that a handful of my New York condo neighbors were renting out their units through Airbnb. This was unacceptable and I wrote an article in a major New York newspaper that helped fan a

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Airbnb Legal In Your Condo? Here’s What You Need To Lookout For

The popularity of Airbnb.com and other short-term accommodation rentals booked through “home sharing” websites is growing. Meanwhile, condo associations across North America battle against the trend to protect their communities from a revolving door of Airbnb renters. While condo boards

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Welcome, Airbnb Guest! Your Neighbors are the Trumps

The apartment has spacious windows, a sleek kitchen and expansive views of Manhattan. It boasts a prime location close to Central Park and Rockefeller Center and promises all the excitement of a luxury apartment in Midtown Manhattan.  And it was

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Condo dwellers fight the short-term rental boom in highrise neighbourhoods (ON)

Kahile Gondo has lived in her downtown condo for about five years. But even though it neighbours two of the busiest, most eclectic places in the city — the Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square — Gondo only recently began locking

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The Brawl Over Airbnb Is Back On

New ad campaign urges New Yorkers to “say something” about illegal sublets.  Last week, Argo Real Estate convened a panel in an upper Broadway hotel to discuss the ways co-op and condo board can defend themselves against illegal short-term sublets.

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Condo Smarts: Airbnb a business, not a rental

Dear Tony: We purchased our condo in 2013 with the understanding that our strata corporation could not impose any rental bylaws. We started using our condo as an Airbnb in 2015. In the summer of 2016, our strata corporation passed

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Singapore: Condos turn to by-laws as Govt mulls over rules on short-term home rentals

Unhappy with the sheer volume of tourists rotating through their condominium for short stays, the management committee of The Sail@Marina Bay decided to take things into their own hands, and last year passed a by-law to compel residents to present

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Anti-Airbnb law claims its first casualties (NY)

A Manhattan landlord and a former Corcoran realtor are the first casualties of a newly enforceable law meant to curb illegal Airbnb listings, The Post has learned.  Property owner Hank Freid — who was once crowned one of NYC’s “Worst

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